Lithuania nominates ‘The Summer of Sangaile’ for Oscars foreign language category


 

The Lithuanian Oscar Committee has decided that Alante Kavaite’s film The Summer of Sangaile  (Sangailes vasara) is Lithuania’s official candidate for the Oscar-nominations as Best Foreign-Language Feature.

The film tells the story of the 17-year-old Sangaile who is fascinated by stunt planes. Her biggest dream is to become an aerial acrobatics pilot. But she can‘t achieve it unless she overcomes her fear of heights and lack of confidence. For Sangaile, that seems to be impossible. One day she meets charismatic and enthralling Auste, the antipode of herself, at the summer aeronautical show near her parents’ lakeside villa. Sangaile allows Auste to discover her most intimate secret and in the process finds in her teenage love, the only person who truly encourages her to fly.

The  world premiere took place at the Sundance Film Festival, where Alante Kavaite won Directing Award, on February it was selected at the Berlinale‘s Panorama.  Film has traveled around 50 festivals this year, and was screened in Los Angeles, London, Paris, Berlin, San Francisco, Sydney, Zurich, Karlovy Vary, Edinburgh, Bogota, Busan, Warsaw. This is the first Lithuanian LGBT film. It is also an official Lithuanian entry for the Oscar as Best Foreign Language Feature. Actress Aistė Diržiūtė has been shortlisted among the ten talented newcomer actors selected for the European Shooting Stars 2015.

The film is produced by Fralita Films (Lithuania) and Les Films d’Antoine (France) and co-produced by Viking Film (Netherlands). Film production in Lithuania was supported by the Lithuanian Film Centre.